Woods wins first PGA Tour tournament in five years

Tiger Woods wins at the Tour Championship, and came one stroke short from winning the FedEx Cup title

Joe DiBiase
September 23, 2018 - 6:11 pm

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For the first time since the 2013 Bridgestone Invitational, Tiger Woods hoisted a trophy over his head on the PGA Tour.

After shooting an 11-under par score over four days at the 2018 Tour Championship, Woods took home the title at East Lake Golf Club with a two-shot win over Billy Horschel in Atlanta, Georgia. It's the first time that Woods has won this tournament since 2007, when he set the tournament record with a 23-under overall score.

It's been a long gap between wins for Woods. He struggled to stay on the course as he dealt with back injuries, which limited him to just 20 tournaments since the start of 2014.

However, 2018 was a comeback year for Woods. With a new swing, he played in 18 events, coming in the top-10 eight times. Woods also nearly won both The Open championship and the PGA Championship, coming in sixth and second place respectively. Finally, at the Tour Championship, he was able to break through and come out alone at the top.

Woods came into Sunday with a three-shot lead over Rory McIlroy. It never came too close to Woods surrendering the lead, and the story became even more interesting with there being a chance for Woods to also win the FedEx Cup playoffs. However, it was Justin Rose that won that title, needing a birdie on the Par 5 18th hole to win. Had he not birdied, Woods would have won that as well.

Woods' new swing helped make him competitive again in 2018. The thing that was holding him back from getting to the top of leaderboards was his putting. It was very inconsistent in the beginning of 2018. Over this weekend, Tiger was sinking putts from outside 10 feet on a regular basis.

Now the attention turns to whether or not Woods can win another major, and his quest to catch Jack Nicklaus' all-time record of 18 major golf championships. After coming close in the last two majors, making the Ryder Cup roster for the United States, and winning the Tour Championship, those questions are realistic once again.

Woods isn't just chasing Nicklaus, but he's also two PGA wins away from tying Sam Snead's all-time record of 82 PGA Tour wins. If Tiger can stay healthy, he should surpass Snead at some point in his career to be the winningest golfer ever.

The next time we'll see Woods in action is next week, Friday. He'll join Team USA in Paris to face Team Europe in the 2018 Ryder Cup. This is the first time Woods will play in the Ryder Cup since 2010.

And don't forget, Woods will go one-on-one with Phil Mickelson on Thanksgiving weekend in Las Vegas.

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